Jeep Engine Air Filter Buyer's Guide

The engine air filter is something that needs to be replaced every 15,000 miles or so. If you take your Jeep off-roading often, then you need to replace the air filter more frequently. Since you’ll be dealing with the air filter pretty often as a Jeep owner, you might want to know a bit about engine air filters, including:

  • What engine air filters are
  • How to diagnose a clogged engine air filter
  • How to choose the right engine air filter for your Jeep
  • How to replace an engine air filter

This buyer’s guide has all the information you need.

What is an Engine Air Filter?

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An engine air filter is a rectangular pleated filter that’s placed inside the cold air collection box. Your Jeep has an engine air filter to keep the dirt, debris, bugs, and other particles out of the air that flows into the engine. If your engine is exposed to these particles, then some internal components will wear faster than normal. As a result, the engine’s lifespan is shortened.

For a more thorough explanation of what an engine air filter is, this article is just what you need.

How to Know if Your Jeep Engine Air Filter is Too Dirty

Engine air filters start to go bad after about 15,000 miles. Engine air filters in off-road vehicles, however, need to be replaced more frequently. If you start noticing the signs that your air filter is no longer in good shape (the most common signs include reduced fuel economy and power), it's time to check and see how dirty it is. To do this, you just have to take out the filter and then visually inspect it.

This diagnostic guide will walk you through the process and show you how to determine whether the air filter is too dirty. 

OEM Vs. Aftermarket Jeep Engine Air Filters

One of the first choices you have to make while looking for a replacement engine air filter is whether to get an OEM or aftermarket air filter. Which one offers the most value? If you look at this comparison guide you'll conclude that an OEM air filter is the better investment. Aftermarket air filters don't offer much value in terms of quality, reliability, fitment, and warranty.

How to Replace an Engine Air Filter in a Jeep

Changing the engine air filter in a Jeep is so easy that anyone can do it with a socket and socket wrench. You just have to find the cold air collection box, remove the cover, pull out the old air filter, and then put in the new air filter. This tutorial has more detailed steps for you to follow.

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